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Sunday Reflection – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Sunday Reflection – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

“It is easier for the earth to be without the sun than without the Mass.”

it is easier for the earth - st padre pio - 23 sept 2018

From a letter to Annita Rodote on 25 July 1915 on how to attend Mass:

“The Divine Master calls the church the house of prayer.   In order to avoid irreverence and imperfections I exhort you in the Lord to:

Enter the church in silence and with great respect.   Take the holy water and make the sign of the cross carefully and slowly.

Before God in the Blessed Sacrament genuflect devoutly.   At your pace, kneel down and render to Jesus the tribute of you presence.

Confide to Him all your needs and those of others.   Speak to Him with filial abandonment.   Be very composed when standing up, kneeling down and sitting.

Carry out every religious act with the greatest devotion.   Be modest in your glance.   Don’t turn you head here and there to see who enters and leaves.

Don’t laugh.   Don’t speak to anybody, except when requested for charity or other strict necessity.

Say the words distinctly, observe the pauses and never hurry.   Behave in such a way that all those present are edified by you.

Don’t leave without asking Jesus for His blessing and forgiveness for your shortcomings. Leave the church recollected and calm.”

St Padre Pio, Pray for Us!ST PADRE PIO - PRAY FOR US 23 sept 2017

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Thought for the Day – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Thought for the Day – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Miracles happened every day of Padre Pio’s life.   Like other wonder-workers such as Francis of Paola (1416-1507), Pio freely contradicted inviolable laws of nature.   He appeared in two places at the same time to help people in trouble.   He summoned friends by mental telepathy or by causing them to smell the scent of violets, which was associated with his presence.   He read people’s thoughts and used that special knowledge to tease them  . He dumbfounded people in the confessional by describing all their sins in detail.   He accurately predicted future events, including his own death.   He healed people of deafness, blindness and incurable diseases.   And for fifty years he bore Christ’s wounds on his body and suffered enormously because of them.

How do we understand the appearance of such a “medieval” figure in our contemporary world?   Perhaps we should not be surprised that God acts dramatically to get our attention when we lose sight of spiritual realities.   God sent Padre Pio to us as a light to challenge the darkness of the mid-twentieth century and to offer hope to a world racked by depression and war.

St Padre Pio, Pray for Us!st padre pio pray for us - 23 sept 2018.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

Quote/s of the Day – 23 September – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

“Do not fear!   Jesus is more powerful than all hell.”do-not-fear - 23 sept 2017

“Do not be daunted by the cross.
The surest test of love consists in suffering for the loved one
and if God suffered so much for love,
the pain we suffer for Him becomes as lovable as love itself.”

“The greater your sufferings, the greater God’s love for you.”the-greater-your-sufferings-st-pio-23-sept-2017

“God will never permit anything,
to happen to us, that is not for our greater good.”

“The storms that are raging around you,
will turn out to be for God’s glory,
your own merit
and the good of many souls.”the storms that are - god will never permit - st pio - 23 sept 2018

“In all the free time you have,
once you have finished your duties of state,
you should kneel down and pray the Rosary.
Pray the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament
or before a crucifix.”in-all-the-free-time-st-pio-no-2-23-sept-2017

“Do you not see the Madonna always beside the Tabernacle?”do-you-not-see-st-pio-23-sept-2017

“Listen to the Mass, the way the Virgin Mary, stood at .. Calvary..”listen to the mass - st pio - 23 sept 2018

“We have close to us, an angelic spirit,
who never leaves us for an instant,
from the cradle to the grave,
who guides and protects us,
like a friend or a brother.”we have close to us an angelic spirit - st padre pio - 23 sept 2018

“When you gossip about a person it means
that you have removed the person from your heart.
But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart,
Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man.”

St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)when-you-gossip-st-pio-23-sept-2017

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One Minute Reflection – 23 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 9:30–37 and the Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

One Minute Reflection – 23 September – Today’s Gospel: Mark 9:30–37
– Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Padre Pio (1887-1968)

“If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”…Mark 9:35b

REFLECTION – “The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self:
there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection, except at the price of pain.”………St Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)the-life-of-a-christian-st-pio-23-sept-2018-mark9 35b if any would be first he must be last and servant...

PRAYER – “And you, Blessed Padre Pio, look down from heaven upon us assembled …today.   Intercede for all those who, in every part of the world, are spiritually united … and raise their prayers to you.   Come to the help of everyone;  give peace and consolation to every heart. Amen!” – from the homily of St Pope John Paul II at the Beatification of Padre Piost-pio-pray-for-us-2-23-sept-2017

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One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17, Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645) and St Joseph of Cupertino O.F.M. Conv. (1603-1663)

And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”...Luke 7:14byoung man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - 18 sept 2018

REFLECTION – “Even if the signs of death have removed all hope of life, even if the bodies of the dead lie beside the tomb, yet, at the voice of God, the corpses of those ready to decompose will rise and recover speech.   The son is restored to his mother, he is called back from the tomb, snatched out of it.   And what is this tomb?   Your own.   Your bad habits, your lack of faith.  This is the tomb from which Christ delivers you, this is the tomb from which you will return to life if you listen to the Word of God.  Even if your sin is so grave that you are unable to wash it clean for yourself with your tears of repentance, the Church, your mother, she who intercedes for each one of her children like a widowed mother for her only son, will weep for you.   For she feels for it with a kind of spiritual suffering natural to her when she sees her offspring dragged down to death by lamentable vices…
Let her weep, then, this pious mother; let the crowd accompany her – and not just a crowd but a large crowd – and may it show compassion towards this tender mother. Then you will come to life again in your tomb and will be delivered, the bearers will stop and you will start to speak the words of the living; everyone will be astonished.   The example of one will correct the many and they will praise God for having granted such remedies to us for escaping death.”…St Ambrose (c 340-397) Father & Doctor (A treatise on the Gospel of Saint Luke)young man i say to you arise luke 7 14b - the son is restored to his mother - st ambrose 18 sept 2018

God wants us to stand upright.   He created us to be on our fee,: for this reason, Jesus’ compassion leads to that gesture of healing, to heal us, of which the key phrase is:  “Arise! Stand up, as God created you!”.   Standing up.   “But Father, we fall so often” — “Onward, arise!”.   This is Jesus’ word, always.   His word revives us, gives us hope, refreshes weary hearts, opens us to a vision of the world and of life which transcends suffering and death…Pope Francis – General audience, 10 August 2016young man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - pope francis - god wants us to stand upright - 18 sept 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to be holy in the way that You have laid out for me. Let me stand upright and carry out my duties of my state of life to the full.   Only in You may I attain holiness, learning to give myself, my will, my heart and my to You.   St Joseph of Cupertino, you who were so disadvantaged, achieved by the grace of God, sanctity in this life and now behold His Face through all eternity.   St Juan, in your lowly work, you stood in the Light of Christ, allowing the lowly and rich, to see Him who saved us.   We ask You Holy Father, that You grant, by the intercession pf St Joseph and Juan, that we may reach our heavenly home.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-joseph-of-cupertino-pray-for-us-18 sept 2017

st juan macias pray for us 18 sept 2018

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Thought for the Day – 17 September 2018 – The Memorial of Stigmata of St Francis of Assisi & St Robert Bellarmine SJ (1542-1621)

Thought for the Day – 17 September 2018 – The Memorial of Stigmata of St Francis of Assisi & St Robert Bellarmine SJ (1542-1621)

The glory of the Saints and of the Church never ceases to amaze me in every finer detail of the arrangement of our communal life together with them, thus confirming the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Divinity of this Mystical Body of Christ!

St Robert Bellarmine had a great devotion to St Francis of Assisi and was especially devoted to honouring Francis’ stigmata.   Bellarmine urged that there be a special feast in honour of the five stigmata of St Francis.   Bellarmine had an important position in the Vatican and he made sure that the feast was introduced in the Church, despite strong opposition.

As Providence arranged, Robert Bellarmine died on the feast of the Stigmata of St Francis, 17 September.   And in the revised liturgical calendar St Bellarmine’s feast, which used to be celebrated on 13 May, has been moved to 17 September.   In the Universal Church today is the feast of both!

St Francis of Assisi and St Robert Bellarmine, pray for us, your family here on earth and in great need of your prayers!st francis of assisi - pray for us - 17 sept 2018st-robert-bellarmine-pray-for-us-17-sept-2017

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Our Morning Offering – 1 September

Our Morning Offering – 1 September

Prayer to do the Will of God
By St Francis of Assisi (c 1181-1226)

Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,
grant us in our misery, the grace to do for You alone
what we know You want us to do
and always to desire, what pleases You.
Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened
and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow in the footprints of
Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
And, by Your grace alone,
may we make our way to You,
Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity
and are glorified God all-powerful, forever and ever.
Amen.
(From “A Letter to the Entire Order”)almighty eternal just and merciful god - st francis - 19 sept 2017

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Thought for the Day – 29 August – The Memorial of the Beheading of St John the Baptist

Thought for the Day – 29 August – The Memorial of the Beheading of St John the Baptist

The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honour, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist.  The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him:  rejection and martyrdom.   The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth.   But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life?

This great religious reformer was sent by God to prepare the people for the Messiah.   His vocation was one of selfless giving.   The only power that he claimed was the Spirit of yjr Lord.   “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.   I am not worthy to carry His sandals.   He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11).

Scripture tells us that many people followed John looking to him for hope, perhaps in anticipation of some great messianic power.   John never allowed himself the false honour of receiving these people for his own glory.   He knew his calling was one of preparation.   When the time came, he led his disciples to Jesus:   “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’   The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus” (John 1:35-37).

It is John the Baptist who has pointed the way to Christ.   John’s life and death were a giving over of self for God and other people.   His simple style of life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions  . His heart was lifted on God and the call that he heard from the Spirit of God speaking to his heart.   Confident of God’s grace, he had the courage to speak words of condemnation, repentance, and salvation.

Each of us has a calling to which we must listen.   No-one will ever repeat the mission of John and yet all of us are called to that very mission.   It is the role of the Christian to witness to Jesus.   Whatever our position in this world, we are called to be disciples of Christ.   By our words and deeds, others should realise that we live in the joy of knowing that Jesus is Lord.   We do not have to depend upon our own limited resources but can draw strength from the vastness of Christ’s saving grace.

St John the Baptist, Pray for us!st-john-the-baptist-pray-for-us-2-29 aug 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 26 August – Today’s Gospel: John 6:60–69

One Minute Reflection – 26 August – 21st Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: John 6:60–69

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”...John 6:68-69

REFLECTION – “He does not say “where shall we go?” but “to whom shall we go?”   The underlying problem, is not about leaving and abandoning the work undertaken but to whom to go.   From Peter’s question, we understand, that fidelity to God is a question of fidelity to a person, to whom we bind ourselves, to walk together on the same road.   And this person is Jesus.   All that we have in the world does not satisfy our infinite hunger. We need Jesus, to be with Him, to be nourished at His table, on His words of eternal life!”…Pope Francis (Angelus, 23 August 2015)to whom shall we go - john 6 68-69 - he does not say where shall we go - pope francis - 26 aug 2018

“Be patient and persevere in the practice of meditation.   Be content, to start with, to make progress only by degrees.   Later on you will have legs that will ask for nothing but to run or, better, wings for flying with.
Be happy to obey.   It’s never easy but it is God we have chosen as our portion.   Accept that, as yet, you are only a little bee in its nest but, very quickly, it will become one of those wonderful workers so skilful in making honey.   Always remain humble before God and men, in love.   Then our Lord will speak to you in truth and enrich you with His gifts.”…St Pio of Pietrelcina “Padre Pio” (1887-1968)be patient and persevered - st pio - 26 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord, by Your grace, we are made one in mind and heart.   Give us a love for what You command and a longing for what You promise, so that, amid this world’s changes, our hearts may be set on the world of lasting joy.   May the intercession of Your faithful servant, St Pope Zephyrinus, bring us strength and courage.   As it was Your will heavenly Father, that, at the angel’s message, Your Word should be conceived by the Blessed Virgin Mary, grant that as we believe her to be truly the Mother of God, so may we be helped always, by her intercession.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, ‘totus tuus’ Maria – please pray for us, amen.immaculate-mary-pray-for-us-26 aug 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 22 August – Memorial of The Queenship of Mary

Our Morning Offering – 22 August – Memorial of The Queenship of Mary

Mary our Queen, Holy Mother of God
By St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Evangelical Doctor

Mary, our Queen,
Holy Mother of God,
we beg you to hear our prayer.
Make our hearts overflow with divine grace
and resplendent with heavenly wisdom.
Render them strong with your might
and rich in virtue.
Pour down upon us the gift of mercy
so that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.
Help us to live in such a way
as to merit the glory and bliss of heaven.
May this be granted us by your Son Jesus
who has exalted you above the angels,
has crowned you as Queen,
and has seated you with Him
forever on His refulgent throne.
Amen.mary-our-queen-holy-mother-of-god-by-st-anthony-of-padua-22 aug 2017.2